The New Stations Fund was launched on 24th January 2013 as an opportunity for railway station proposals in England and Wales to receive funding towards the capital cost of the railway stations.
A second round of the New Stations Fund was announced in the Summer 2015 budget and launched in 2016. For more information click here. A third round of the New Stations Fund was announced in January 2020, further information about that fund can be found here
The Department for Transport advised that they received fourteen bids in round one, worth £46 million (see Table 1).
Five bids were successful, sharing £14 million of funding between them. Ilkeston, Newcourt, Lea Bridge, Pye Corner and Kenilworth were detailed below at the time that funding was awarded.
Ilkeston – Derbyshire County Council
£4.5 million of DfT funding towards a scheme worth over £6.5 million
Ilkeston is located on the Erewash Valley line between Nottingham and Langley Mill. The station will consist of 2 platforms sufficient to accommodate trains up to 6 passenger cars and will include waiting shelters. A new car park will be provided which will accommodates 150 parking spaces, including disabled parking, cycle storage, drop off point and taxi rank. Provision will also be made for a bus stop. Ramped and stepped access will be provided from the new footbridge to each platform as well as the proposed car park, to the east of the station. The station will be unmanned, with automated ticket machines, waiting areas on each platform, customer information screens, passenger help points, and CCTV.
Scheme sponsor Derbyshire County Council will now work with Network Rail to finalise the Ilkeston station plans with the new station planned to open before the end of 2014.
Newcourt – Devon County Council
DfT will pay for around half of the scheme expected to cost in the region of £1.5 million
Newcourt is located on the Exmouth Branch between Digby and Sowton and Topsham. The new station will deliver a new platform and shelter, ticket machine, secure cycle parking and CCTV. The station will be served by a half hourly local service on the Exmouth branch.
Lea Bridge – London Borough of Waltham Forest
Lea Bridge, London Borough of Waltham Forest, which will receive over £1 million towards a scheme worth in excess of £6.5 million
Lea Bridge located on the Lea Valley line between Tottenham Hale and Stratford. The station will consist of 2 platforms, a new footbridge and lifts, station canopy, ticket vending machines, Oyster readers, waiting shelters, help points and cycle storage.
Pye Corner – Welsh Government
Pye Corner, Newport, which will receive over £2.5 million towards a scheme worth over £3.5 million
Pye Corner is on the Ebbw Valley line in South Wales between Rogerstone and Cardiff in the Bassaleg area of the west of Newport. The station will consist of a single platform. The station will be equipped with a help point, ticket machine, CCTV and customer information screens. The station will be served by a car park accommodating 70 spaces.
Kenilworth – Worcestershire County Council
£5 million towards a scheme worth £11.3 million.
The station will be located on the Coventry to Leamington Spa Line. It will allow rail connections with London and the wider West Midlands. It will include two 100 metre platforms capable of being used by 4 car trains, with passive provision for these to be lengthened in the future.
Because extensive infrastructure improvements are planned on this line in the near future, Network Rail is continuing to investigate how the scheme can be integrated into this wider programme.
Nine bids were unsuccessful
- Low Moor
- Warrington West
- Worcestershire Parkway
- Horden Sea View
- Portway P&R
Table 1 (Source DfT FoI request)
|Horden Sea View||£ 4,500,000|
|Low Moor||£ 3,370,000|
|Portway P&R||£ 686,000|
|Warrington West||£ 3,918,000|
|Worcestershire Parkway||£ 7,839,507|
|Lea Bridge||£ 1,131,000|
|Pye Corner||£ 2,613,000|